9650 Muirkirk Road
Laurel, MD 20708
301-377-7817; TTY 301-699-2544; Fax 301-377-7818
A fine example of Georgian architecture popular in Maryland in the late 1700's, Montpelier Mansion sits on approximately 70 acres of beautiful parkland. Architectural and construction details, as well as historical research, suggest that the house was constructed between 1781 and 1785. The original owners of Monteplier Mansion, Major Thomas Snowden and his wife Anne, welcomed many distinguished guests into their home, including George Washington and Abigail Adams.
Montpelier Mansion, a National Historic Landmark, is operated as a house museum and rental facility. Select rooms have been researched and furnished as they would have appeared from the end of the 18th century until 1830. A boxwood-lined pathway runs through the garden to the original 18th century summer house.
In conjunction with the Friends of Montpelier volunteer organization, staff offer public tours, educational programs for school, home-schooled and Girl Scout/Boys Scout groups, concerts, festivals, exhibits, lectures, and seminars. In addition, teas are offered periodically. Montpelier Mansion is available for weddings, receptions, luncheons, and meetings.
During regular museum hours (see Visitor Information for details), kids can visit our hands-on room to dress up in colonial style clothes, play with old fashioned games, see what school was like in the 18th and 19th century, and more. They can also visit our Dinosaur Room, created in 2012 as part of our exhibit of dinosaur fossils originally discovered on the Snowden property (part of this land is now the Dinosaur Park, where you can search for fossils yourself!). In the Dinosaur Room, kids can do dinosaur activities, like assemble a giant 3-D dinosaur puzzles, examine fossils through a microscope, and craft projects.